Missy Dunaway is an artist and illustrator with a penchant for storytelling. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities and Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in 2010. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2013 to research Anatolian textiles in Turkey. She is a traveler at heart and has attended numerous artist-in-residence programs that provide the opportunity for long visits and cultural immersion. Her home is with her husband in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Missy teaches online at Creativebug.com, where she instructs how to paint with acrylic ink and keep a travel journal. Her work has been featured by Penguin Books, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Travel + Leisure, The National Audubon Society, and Passion Passport. Her paintings has been acquired by institutions including Carnegie Mellon University and the Folger Shakespeare Library of Washington DC.
Her first book, The Traveling Artist: A Visual Journal, will be published in March of 2021 by Glitterati Editions.
About the carpet project: "Textiles have been a lifelong curiosity, thanks to my parents. Our home was decorated with knotted pile carpets from a myriad of Middle Eastern countries, and I wanted to better understand the historical and cultural weight of an artform that had enriched my adolescence. Inspired, I applied for, and was granted, a Fulbright Fellowship in Istanbul, Turkey from 2013 - 2014. This nine-month grant allowed me to research Anatolian weaving, to explore its deep heritage and study how textiles visually portrayed their culture of origin.
My paintings incorporate traditional symbols and designs, but they are not copies of existing carpets. I mimic the minute detail and time-consuming nature of weaving by employing tiny interlocking shapes to fill large fields of color. Occasionally I render textiles in black and white to focus on design and symbols.
It is important to me that the artists who inspire my paintings are acknowledged and compensated for their contribution. Currently, 15% of artwork sales from this series are donated to women weavers and artisans in Turkey via Turkish Philanthropy Funds."